Grief Support Groups Meet in Highlands on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building 1st floor, on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus, 171 Hospital Drive Highlands. The Sylva group meets on Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jackson County Dept of Aging,100 County Services Park, Sylva. The programs are free and open to the community,
Franklin Bird Club “If You Want to Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs.” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Macon County Public Library. Guest speaker will be Dr. James Costa, Entomologist and Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station.
American Legion Halloween Dance and Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 8 p.m. First, second and third place awards will be given. The Johnny Webb Band will provide music. The post is located at 614 W. Main St.
Friends of the Rickman Store is hosting a second tour of local gem mines on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 a.m. A self-drive caravan will allow visitors to travel together to three historic mines north of Franklin: Mason Mountain Mine & Cowee Gift Shop; Rose Creek Mine & Rock Shop at 115 Terrace Ridge Drive; and Rocky Face Gem Mine on 260 Sanderstown Road. For additional information, call George at (828)371-7689.
Cowee Textiles in Franklin will be having a Fiber Day on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. Bring your fibers and we will be doing blending with drum carders, carding board, etc. For more information, call or e-mail Teresa Bouchonnet (828)349-3878 bouchonnet@ coweetextiles.com
Diabetic Support Group will meet Monday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins (828)369-4166.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 81, Macon-Jackson County will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 69 Iotla Street. All local, county and federal law enforcement personnel, active or retired as well as their support staff are welcome to attend. For more information, call John O'- Connor at (828)349-0698.
Bird walk along the Greenway Wednesday, Oct. 29. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. For more information, call (828)524-5234.
Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building on 441S, for a presentation and discussion on gem mining and the culture of Brazil. Guests are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Franklin Lanes Youth Bowling League for ages 5 to 20 meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m., league starting on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m., at Franklin Lanes. Kids will learn the basics of bowling and sportsmanship along with hand and eye coordination and the mathematical aspects of scoring. A WSBC Certified Coach is on staff with Franklin Lanes. Scholarships are available for seniors. For more information, call Janet Crawford at (828)524-8567.